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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Salvage

Marine salvage is the process of rescuing a ship, its cargo, or other property from peril. Salvage encompasses rescue towing, putting out fires, patching or repairing a ship, refloating a sunken or grounded vessel, moving a disabled vessel in order to clear navigation channels, and raising sunken ships or their cargo. Equipment involved in salvage operations may include cranes, floating dry docks, and support vessels (such as tugboats). Commercial divers may be called upon to perform underwater tasks and monitor progress below the surface.

Protecting the marine environment from pollution from cargoes such as oil or other contaminants is often an important part of salvage activities. Usually the vessel or valuable parts of the vessel or its cargo may be recovered for its resale value, or for scrap. The vast majority of salvage operations are contracted to qualified seamen and engineers working as professional salvors. Usually, contracted agents expect no financial reward unless the salvage operation is at least partially successful.

If salvage is not performed under a contract, then the rescuer must act voluntarily and aside from any legal duty to act, other than the acknowledged duty to render assistance to those in peril at sea or to attend after a collision. If the owner or the owner’s agent is still on the ship, they can refuse offers of assistance. A vessel found entirely deserted or abandoned without hope or intention of recovery is considered derelict and is fair game for anyone who comes across it. It is not true, however, that the rescuer or salvor automatically becomes the owner of the property. The owner always has the option to reclaim his property by paying an appropriate reward.

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Rebecca Garcia-Malone, ASA Education Committee Chair, presents Dr. Richard J. Burke, ABS Professor of Naval Architecture & Engineering, SUNY Maritime College, with an official invitation to join the ASA as the very first honorary maritime faculty member representative, July 20, 2018 at SUNY Maritime College. (Photo: ASA)

ASA Names First Honorary Maritime Academy Member

On July 20, 2018, The American Salvage Association (ASA) welcomed Dr. Richard J.

The 56-foot commercial fishing vessel, Pacific Quest, is broken and beached near Seymour Marine Discovery Center in Santa Cruz, Calif., August 13. Responders are working to remove fuel from tanks on the beach during low tide. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

Fishing Vessel Runs Aground near Santa Cruz

Responders are working to remove fuel from the tanks of a 56-foot commercial fishing…

MV Priscilla. Photo: Hm Coastguard, THURSO RNLI

Consortium Appointed to Refloat ‘MV Priscilla’

A consortium of salvage companies have been appointed by the owners of the MV Priscilla…

Indian flagged containership SSL Kolkata caught fire and went adrift in the Bay of Bengal on June 13 (Photo courtesy of the Indian Coast Guard)

MV SSL Kolkata: Salvage Operations Continue

The salvage operations of the container vessel MV SSL Kolkata that had caught fire last month…

Thailand Suspends Salvage Effort in Tourist Boat Disaster that Killed 46

Thailand suspended efforts on Thursday to salvage a boat that capsized and sank off…

MV Blue Giant. Photo: Harren & Partner

OIG Group Sells MV Blue Giant

Bremen-based shipping company Harren & Partner announced the acquisition of the offshore…

MV Blue Giant (Photo: Harren & Partner)

Harren & Partner Buys Offshore Construction Vessel

Bremen-based shipping company Harren & Partner is looking to grow its offshore salvage…

(Photo: Multraship)

Multraship Continues Fleet Growth

Towage and salvage specialist Multraship says it is continuing to grow its fleet…

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Tom Atkeson)

Vessel Response Plans: A Primer for the US Waterfront

Congress enacted the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) a mere 17 months after the…

(Photo: ASA)

Op/Ed: Continuous Improvement for the US Salvage Indsutry

U.S. salvage industry update: Coast Guard recognition and continuous improvement…

Matthew Bierwagen, Resolve Marine Naval Architect UK (Photo: John Cagni)

Industry Presents on Marine Accidents and Salvage

A series of presentations organized and presented jointly by Resolve Marine Group…

(Photo: Glosten)

Mobile System Used for Treating Ballast Water

Glosten and Global Diving & Salvage say they have used a mobile system to treat ballast…

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